Certificate in Counselling
The Certificate in Counselling course is a 60 hour introductory course designed to equip people with basic skills and an understanding of some of the theories underlying counselling.
Our Certificate course is a “first step” for people who might be interested in progressing to the College’s BACP accredited Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. It is also a very useful first step into the UKATA, UKCP and EATA recognised TA training.
It is particularly suitable for:
- people who are thinking of going into professional training in counselling and psychotherapy,
- people who wish to enhance their people skills in their current work,
- people who wish to develop their understanding of counselling processes and what they may offer for their personal or professional growth.
The course is offered in 2 formats:
30 evening modules in 3 ten-week terms running from October to June on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. (Students are asked to arrive at 6.15 in order to be ready for the start of training at 6.30.)
5 weekends in the summer – please see our Course Prospectus for more details.
The course content includes:
- An overview of major theories of counselling and psychotherapy.
- Boundaries and ethics.
- Basic skills of attending, listening and questioning.
- Human development over time.
- Maintaining and developing helping relationships.
- Managing successful endings.
The course is a combination of teaching exercises and practicing and observing skills with each other.
To gain the Certificate, students must actively participate on the course and complete a learning journal, reporting what has been taught and their personal response to the experience. Feedback will be given on the best ways to fulfil this requirement and additional advice and support given for those students who have limited experience in completing written work. In the event that students cannot attend any specific module, tutors may require that the student reads a particular passage or complete a task that relates to the content of the module.
If attendance is below 90% a Certificate will not be awarded.
Please note students wishing to go on to train as professional counsellors or psychotherapists will be given tutors’ opinion as to their suitability for further training. Certificate students will be interviewed for those courses by other tutors but completing the Certificate course is not a guarantee of acceptance on other courses.
Ellaine Sweeting, DipCouns. MBACP
John Baxendale, MSc, PTSTA, CTA, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, BACP Accredited Counsellor, Adv.Dip.FCP
Joanna Beazley Richards MSc, BA (Hons), Dip.TMHA, CPsychol, TSTA, AFBPS, MBIM.
Amy Brown, BSc, Dip Couns.
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